My Windows are Sweating. What do I do?

2017-06-22

If you’ve ever experienced window sweat, you know how irritating it can be. Window condensation is a common problem in the wintertime and can leave your windows, frames and sills wet. Not only is it an annoying problem to deal with, it can also cause damage to your home. Rotting wood and plaster damage are two of the major issues that can surface due to window condensation.

Even if your home is well insulated, you may still notice window condensation. This is likely due to the humidity in your home being too high. When the moisture generated inside your home isn’t able to escape, and the warm inside air condenses on the cold windows, window sweat is bound to happen.

Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent and eliminate indoor window condensation. Check out the main culprits of window sweating and what you can do to stop it.

What Causes Window Condensation?

Window condensation is caused by excessive moisture in your house. This could be coming from things like gas or propane from your fireplace, a humidifier, green plants, or ground moisture coming up from the concrete slab outside. If you just moved in to a new-build, the materials may still be drying out. New wood and concrete can take up to 18 months to dry, so the moisture could just as well be coming from there.

Major Problems with Window Condensation

Window condensation can be a pain in the neck, but it can also lead to severe home damage. It not only leads to mould and damage on your window frames and plaster, if it gets more serious, it can result in decay within your wall cavities and attic. If your windows are sweating beyond the point of being able to wipe them with a towel, talk to a home inspector who can help you with the issue.

What to Do

Consider all rooms and areas of you house to see where the excess moisture and humidity may be coming from. Using ceiling fans helps to circulate the air, and you can open your doors and windows on days when it’s not too cold to let some warm air out. Make sure to move your pants away from your windows and you can even look into buying a dehumidifier.

You can also invest in a hygrometer to monitor your indoor relative humidity. This way you can track the issue as well as what works and what doesn’t when you’re trying to solve the problem.

Storm Windows

Storm windows can help reduce condensation in the winter months. The extra layer of glass allows the interior window to stay warmer and helps reduce frost build up. Plus, the increased thermal performance will help cut heating bills during the winter. Gentek carries Aluminum Storm Windows, so make sure to ask your local Gentek dealer for more information if you’re interested in this product!

If your windows are sweating, make sure to stop them any way you can. Talk with a home inspector to find out exactly what you need to do so there’s no excessive damage to your home.


Install. Rinse. Repeat. Why EnFusion Siding is So Great

2017-06-19

 

Today’s typical busy lifestyle requires simplicity and ease, especially when it comes to your home’s exterior. Sequoia Select EnFusion Siding offers a low maintenance, energy saving option that’s durable and easy on the eyes. The luxurious laminated vinyl siding is sturdy enough to withstand severe winds, with high-density insulation to soften outside noise.

If you’re working on a home renovation with the hopes of finding the perfect siding, EnFusion Sising has a gorgeous, wood-like appearance with carefree maintenance. It offers beauty, protection and durability for a home exterior that fits with every homeowner’s needs.

It’s not available everywhere, but Gentek offers a range of colours to perfectly match your home exterior. Visit your local Gentek distributor to grab some samples and see how it works with your home! Here are 4 reasons why EnFusion Siding is so great!

Design

If you’re like most homeowners, design, durability and simplicity are three of the most important aspects when it comes to choosing exterior siding. EnFusion Siding is durable, dent-resistant and solid in colour, so you never need to worry about painting it. Plus, it’s extremely low maintenance. All you need to do is spray it with a garden hose now and then to remove dust and dirt.

With natural cedargrain texture and detail, EnFusion Siding provides a beautiful wood-like appearance. The worry-free exterior will enhance your home’s curb appeal and add to the value of your house. If you want the true wood look without the maintenance and worry of rot and pests, EnFusion Siding is an excellent option.

Colour

Gentek makes it easy for you to match your EnFusion Siding perfectly to the exterior design of your home. With the lighter Classic Colour range including Snow White, Antique Ivory and Sage, to the richer Designer Colour range including shades like Venetian Red and Windswept Smoke, you can create the elegant look you’ve always wanted.

Make sure to check your local Gentek distributor to see which colours are available in your area!

Energy Savings

If energy efficiency tops your list of must-haves for your home, you should definitely consider EnFusion Siding. The vinyl panel contains expanded polystyrene rigid foam insulation for increased energy savings. This decreases the heating and cooling costs of your home. It also comes equipped with custom-contoured insulation to protect your house from extreme weather and energy loss.

Stability and Resistance

With an interlocking design, the siding panels are secured in place for incredible strength and stability. It has also been laboratory tested to resist winds up to Category 5 Hurricane rating, and has been treated with nontoxic mineral additive to stop pests from residing within the siding.

If you struggle with uneven wall surfaces, the double-strength wall attachment fortifies the structural integrity. And the high-performance material won’t rot or warp due to moisture. All in all, the siding is extremely resistant, stable and worry-free!

EnFusion Siding is a low maintenance, high quality option that will completely upgrade your home exterior. With beauty, stability and energy efficiency, what more could you ask for?

 


Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle: FAQ & Painting Tips

2017-06-10

Searching for shake and shingle with charm and long-lasting durability? Look no further. As a natural cedar replacement, Grayne has the beauty of aged cedar without the maintenance. It’s pre-finished and unsusceptible to moisture, making it easy to install and resilient through any climate.

When it comes to design, Grayne is the perfect accent for fiber cement, engineered wood, stucco, or natural cedar. It also offers a cellular PVC trim as a low-maintenance accessory package, so you can customize your home exterior to your desire. For the most authentic look possible, the graining patterns create natural depth, and its sharp edges create a striking aesthetic.

If you’re thinking about using Grayne engineered shake and shingle for your home, there are a few things you should know. Dive in to our FAQ and painting tips to see just how amazing this product is!

FAQ

Grayne is a multi-layer rigid PVC composite, manufactured in the Tapco Franklin Facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s designed to last with rigidity, low thermal-expansion, impact resistance and long term colour protection. It’s not susceptible to moisture, and with a ¾” projection from the wall and cavity back design, it’s strong enough to take blunt force impact from heavy objects like baseballs, rocks, and hail.

Performance

What about wind? Grayne performs remarkably in wind, exceeding 170MPH wind load, so no matter what weather comes your way, Grayne is a sturdy choice. Not to mention, it has achieved a class 1A Fire Rating, which means it passes Flame Spread and Smoke.

Easy and affordable to install, Grayne is backed by a 50-year warranty for manufacturing defects and 5-year warranty on labor. It won’t splinter, rot, or swell and performs exceptionally against nature.

Profiles

The two most popular profiles are 5” Shake and Shingle and 7.5” Red Cedar Shingle, but Grayne offers 6 warm cedar colours. Each of which is made to mimic the natural look of cedar and each offers a unique colour palette and exposure. If you don’t find your perfect match, Grayne is also available in a paintable version so you can customize with any colour you like!

Painting Tips

If you decide to go with the paintable version of Grayne, you must paint the product within 90 days of installation. Make sure you use 100% acrylic exterior latex paint, and if you opt for a shade with an LRV less than 55%, go with 100% acrylic exterior paint formulated for PVC.

Don’t paint it when wet, ensure the surface is clean, dry and dust-free. And make sure you don’t use stain, powder coating or oil/alkyd base paint, as these don’t work with Grayne paintable products.

Your finish coat should be painted following the paint manufacturers instructions. This will ensure the coverage, application methods and application temperature are exactly how they need to be.

Now hop on over to the Gentek site to see what type of Grayne product is best for you!

 


6 Reasons to Use Vinyl Siding in Your Home

 

2017-06-04As the leading exterior cladding across North America, there are many reasons to use vinyl siding for your home. It’s versatile, durable and basically maintenance free, so it’s a no-brainer for any homeowner looking to build with style and value in mind. Gentek carries a wide range of vinyl siding so you can customize your home any way you please.

With style, strength and craftsmanship as some of its top features, vinyl siding offers a lot of value to anyone who chooses to use it. From its eco-friendly roots to its extreme durability, here are 6 reasons to use vinyl siding in your home.

  1. Design-centric

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to vinyl siding, from colours and textures to design and style. You can create whatever look you want, applying the pieces vertically or horizontally with your dream exterior in mind. There’s a wide array of colours available, including the popular dark grey shades, such as Iron Ore. With complementary trims and accessories, the options for customizing your exterior cladding with vinyl siding are endless.

  1. Durable

Vinyl siding is incredibly durable, able to stand up to almost any element. Multiple attachment points and sturdy materials protect it from wind resistance and impact from hail. And advanced UV-resistance coatings ensure the colour won’t fade for years. Vinyl siding is continuously exceeding expectations and is known for its long-term durability, which is why many homeowners continue to select it over and over again.

  1. Cost Effective

Vinyl siding is very cost effective, especially for the high-quality product you’re receiving. If you want to install vinyl siding yourself, you can save even more, but even if you hire someone to install it for you, it’s much more cost effective than the other siding options out there.

  1. Eco-friendly

Homeowners are becoming more and more conscious about their home’s impact on the environment, and with vinyl siding, they can rest assured their home is eco-friendly. Both vinyl siding and insulated vinyl siding have low environmental impact and vinyl scrap is recyclable. On top of that, since it’s so durable, it helps reduce maintenance and repair costs and materials.

  1. Maintenance free

Vinyl siding is also essentially maintenance free. Once you have it installed, you don’t have to do much to maintain its original aesthetics. It’s easily cleaned with soap and water, and you’ll never need to paint your home to update it. Other siding options leave you with ongoing maintenance and a hefty bill, but vinyl siding will keep its superior quality for years. Plus, it resists pests and damage so you don’t have to worry about unexpected costs!

  1. Prevents mold and mildew

Vinyl siding is immune to moisture damage, which prevents mold and mildew. With a tight, secure installation system, it resists excessive moisture, and weep holes allow for moisture to escape. Vinyl siding helps a home’s walls breathe and dry out, so you don’t have to worry about water damage within your home.

 

Are you ready to let your design flair shine with vinyl siding? Visit your local Gentek supplier today to find the right vinyl siding for you!


Transform a Garage into a Mini-Paradise with Gentek Products!

2017-05-29

The garage has never been known as the most glamorous part of the home, or even a proper part of the home in general. If you don’t use your garage to park your car, it’s most likely used as storage for everything from golf clubs and bikes, to paint and holiday decorations. But what if we told you your garage could be more than that? That it could be transformed into a mini-paradise, and be an extension of your home rather than totally separate entity?

Intrigued?

Using products like stylish siding, decorative windows and doors, and insulation, you can create a cozy oasis that suits the needs of your household. Whether you want an extra reading room to escape the hustle and bustle of your home, a kids’ playroom where they can play and get their homework done, or a family room where you can all relax and hang out, your garage just may become your new favourite space.

Check out how to transform your garage into a mini-paradise using some of Gentek’s most loved products!

Siding

You can use siding inside and outside your garage to create the look you want. Gentek carries an array of siding options, whether you want the look of natural wood, modern beauty, or specialty siding, customized to your personal style. With so many colours, shapes and textures, you can take your garage from bland to gorgeous with some new siding!

Windows

Windows can completely transform a space, especially a garage, which probably didn’t have windows to being with. All Gentek’s windows are classically styled and built to last, and will give your garage an airy ambiance. You can choose from vinyl windows and aluminum windows, with plenty of options within each. With endless possibilities for window design, you’ll get looks, durability and low-maintenance in a single package. What more could you ask for?

Doors

If you really want to make a statement with your garage, a new door is a must! Choose doors that are inviting and stylish, so the entryway to your newfound oasis suits what’s inside. Gentek offers doors of all styles, each one beautifully crafted and durable. You can customize it to your needs, whether you want big glass doors that bring the outdoors in, or a more private entryway for your new cozy pad.

Insulation

The thing about garages is most of them don’t come insulated, so if you want to turn yours into a mini paradise, proper insulation is key. At Gentek, pretty much all sidings can be paired with one or more insulation products so you can rest assured your garage will always have a comfortable temperature.

If you’re thinking of transforming your garage into a mini-paradise, these are the key products you need to get started! The rest will mainly be furniture and décor to create the space you’ve always dreamed of in the comfort of your garage!


What colour would you suggest?

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Claudine asks:

 

We will be replacing the eavestrough in the Spring and would like to go with a windswept smoke as the colour or stay in the grey tones – sick of the taupe, brown colours – will also be replacing our front door and garage door to match.  (Sorry only picture is of the back of the house).  What colour would you suggest?

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I like Windswept Smoke with your brick colour you could also try Gentek’s Sable colour as an option for your soffit, fascia and eaves. It is a grey colour that has some brown undertones that would blend well with the brick.


Update the cedar siding of our house

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Kelly asks:

 

Hi,  I would like to update the cedar siding of our house. I was thinking of staining it dark brown and then add stone on the lower half.  The windows are white. Maybe cap the trim?

Any other suggestions for updating the exterior?

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Answer:

Some nice ideas to update your home. If you wanted to go further, I would suggest you cap/trim the windows in a darker brown and then change the door up to a different colour completely to make it a focal point.  Maybe black or go lighter like Gentek’s Pebble colour to lighten the look.


At a loss for picking a colour for the doors

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lga

 

We will be installing new windows and doors (including garage door). I’m at a loss for picking a colour for the doors – including garage door. The vinyl siding is, I believe, Gentek Maize. The roof is green. The brick is “red”. Soffits are white as are the gutters and downspouts. Can you help?

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Answer:

If you wanted to go with a colour for your windows, I would suggest you go with a neutral tone like Gentek’s Almond or Wicker.  Either of these colours will look good with the Maize siding as well as the red brick. I would also suggest that you change the shutters to match the window colour. As for the front door, I would suggest something darker like Gentek’s Pebble or Dark Drift to make it a focal point. For the garage door, I would stick with a dark colour like you have now, so it does not stand

 


Using a horizontal vinyl siding

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Michael asks:

Using a horizontal vinyl siding. looking for colour choices for vinyl and alum soffits. was thinking to be in the grey\’s but any suggestions are cool Thanks

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Answer:

If you are looking for grey tones, Gentek has a couple of nice ones.  Windswept Smoke and Iron Ore are two of our most popular colours.  You could combine either of these colours with a more neutral tone to give a modern look.  Something like Pebble or Dark Drift would look great with either of these grey tones.

 


Bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift

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Susan asks:

Please help! My new late 1960’s raised bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift. i crave a modern look. The windows are newer, so I’m not wanting to replace them.I’m prepared to redo the siding and paint the brick. I will be replacing front doors and garage door. should I erect a portico over front doors? The 2 windows and brick below the white siding will be closed up. Should I put stone there? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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If you want to create a modern look I would do the following.  Leave the red brick, replace the white siding with a dark siding colour like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke or Pebble.  These are neutral tones that look great with the red brick.  As for the part you are going to be closing up, go with a stone in this area with colour similar to the siding colour you pick.  Brown and Grey tones. This will bring everything together.

 

As for the portico, I would not go that route. That would close up the door. Pick a bold door colour like Black or Dark Grey and make it a focal point for the home.  Paint or replace the garage door the same colour as the siding.  You do not want the eye to be drawn to the garage door so make it blend in to the home.